JA of Kansas Hosts Inaugural Personal Finance Symposium | Junior Achievement of Kansas

JA of Kansas Hosts Inaugural Personal Finance Symposium

Topeka, KS – Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas hosted their inaugural personal finance symposium Tuesday October 1 at Washburn University. Money Mountain: Reaching the Peak of Your Financial Success was the theme of the day, with local business leaders leading over 200 Shawnee County high school students through their "treks" (sessions) of the JA Personal Finance program.

The day began with a welcome from Dr. Jerry Farley, President of Washburn University, who connected the concepts of JA programming with collegiate success and growth from high school to college to careers.

Sessions included Earning, Employment and Income, Budgeting, Savings, Credit and Debt & Consumer Protection. Students learned concepts such as identifying important job factors when selecting an occupation, the importance of creating and sticking to a budget, the "pay-yourself-first" savings concept, emergency fund importance, risk, credit history, building a positive credit score and ways to protect your digital presence and online accounts.

Kami Mead, JAG instructor at Shawnee Heights High School, noted, "It's incredibly important for students to learn these skills. Managing your money, learning how to budget….these skills are ones that will affect our students in everything they do throughout their lives."

Speakers included John Imming, Advisors Excel; Perry Plummer, Capitol Federal; Clint Patty, Clayton Wealth Partners; and Dr. David Sollars, Washburn University School of Business.

This event was made possible by the following sponsoring businesses: Advisors Excel, Bank of America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Capitol Federal, Clayton Wealth Partners, Kansas Insurance Education Foundation, Sabitini Family Foundation, Topeka Credit Union Foundation, Washburn University and Wells Fargo.

"We are so thrilled and thankful for our sponsoring companies who made our first personal finance symposium possible. We are already hearing great feedback and look forward to continuing this event for years to come," said Ashley Charest, President, Junior Achievement of Kansas.

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student
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